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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 at Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Course description

Do you want to further your knowledge of key concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics? Are you interested in developing skills using standard laboratory equipment and exploring the fundamentals that underpin scientific investigation? Do you want to understand the structure and working of cells and gain knowledge of how the body stays healthy?

Course content

Principles & Applications of Science 1

You will study animal cells, plant cells and the structure and function of tissues. You will cover the structure and function of blood vessels in the cardiovascular system and how nerve impulses are conducted along neurones. You will study the periodic table and the physical properties of elements. You will look at features of waves and the applications of fibre optics in medicine and communication.

Practical Scientific Procedures & Techniques

You will be introduced to standard laboratory equipment and techniques including titration, colorimetry, calorimetry, chromatography and calibration procedures. You will develop proficiency in quantitative analytical techniques and learn how to calculate the concentration of solutions. You will use measurement of temperature to study cooling curves and be introduced to paper and thin-layer chromatography. You will gain an understanding of the reliability, repeatability and reproducibility of various procedures and techniques whilst being aware of the safety aspects of laboratory work.

Scientific Investigation Skills

You will develop the essential skills that underpin practical scientific investigations. You will study subject themes such as enzymes, diffusion and electrical circuits and learn how to plan, carry out and evaluate a range of different practical activities. You will collect data accurately and scientifically and carry out a range of calculations to process and analyse data from experiments. You will learn how to discuss the reliability of data and to identify strengths and weaknesses in experimental design.

Human Regulation and Reproduction

You will investigate the interrelationship and nervous control of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, the homeostatic mechanisms in the body and the hormonal control of the reproductive system. Knowledge of the mechanisms by which the body regulates systems within narrow parameters is an essential part of health and medical science-related occupations and other allied roles, including sport science and fitness and clinical science. You will examine how the body is able to respond to changes in the internal and external environment to maintain these narrow parameters and the consequences of medical disorders that prevent the body from carrying out normal regulatory processes.

Entry requirements

You must have 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including at least a grade 4 in a GCSE Science subject or BTEC First (Distinction Level) in a Science related area. You must also have at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths.


This qualification is assessed by external examination and internally assessed coursework and assignments.

The Certificate in Applied Science is assessed by examination (50%) and coursework and assignments (50%).

The Extended Certificate in Applied Science is assessed by examination and practical assessment (58%) and coursework and assignments (42%).

Future opportunities

After studying the Applied Science Certificate in your first year, subject to your grades, you can then study Medical Science in your second year at college and achieve BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Applied Science (Medical Science). This is then equivalent to one A Level.

Further information

Check our website for the most up-to-date course details.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birkenhead Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 20 November 2017
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